@EVE_WOLFPACKED: i bet the timer will end and it will be all like "timer feature test complete, stay tuned for timers you should be excited about"Hee! Yeah, that's the quote of the week.
Anyway, by the time you're reading this, the countdown is probably down to zero and you can go see what it's about.
EDIT (5/Feb/2014): Trebor Daehdoow has an alternative theory. Drackarn over at Sand, Cider and Spaceships does a good job of listing a lot of the more popular theories as to what the counter is about on his blog.
EDIT (5/Feb/2014): And the actual cause for the countdown is now public, and I think it's pretty freakin' cool! Go out and have a look.
I look forward to seeing it at Fanfest. And in particular, if you have members of your corps that are no longer with us, please see the procedure in Falcon's note about how to make sure they're remembered.